- Cameroon will face Senegal for the first time since AFCON 2017
- Coaches Cisse and Song skippered their national teams during the AFCON 2017 meeting
- The game at the Stade Bollaert-Delelis in France will be the second friendlies for both nations during the October FIFA window
Aliou Cisse, the head coach of the Teranga Lions of Senegal says the October 16 friendly against the Indomitable Lions of Cameroon will help his side shape better for next year’s Africa Cup of Nations (AFCON) and is an opportunity for his players to react to the defeat against Algeria last month.
The astute tactician made the declaration on Friday as he rolled out Senegal’s star-studded squad to confront their everlasting foes in a reference friendly in Lens, France.
Cameroon will face Senegal for the first time since both nations played out a goalless draw and were separated in post-match penalties during AFCON 2017.
Next Monday’s is certainly more than just another football game as Aliou acknowledged the quality of their opponent.
“Cameroon is a very good team that needs no introduction but this is our preparations for the AFCON. We want to see our weaknesses,” Cisse revealed.
The progress made by the likes of Nigeria, Côte D’Ivoire and Morocco mandates Senegal to properly prepare their title defense during the next continental showpiece in order to avoid embarrassment. Cisse reassured fans and well wishers while stating the Cameroon appointment is ‘an important match’
“I know what I have to do, the same for the players. This is an important game and an opportunity for the players to react to the defeat against Algeria,” the 2019 CAF manager of the year emphasized.
The likes of Edouard Mendy and Khalidou Koulibaly were left out of the September squad but are back for the clash against Mali at home at the Abdoulaye Wade stadium and at the Stade Bollaert-Delelis in France.
Cameroon coach, Rigobert Song has also picked their regulars for the Senegal game and another against Russia earlier on.
Over the years, Cameroon and Senegal have staged some interesting matches, including the entertaining goalless draw in the 2002 AFCON final which Song skippered the Indomitable Lions to a 3-2 victory after a shoot out session which captain Cisse had his kick saved by Alioum Boukar.
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